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The Nissan Dashboard Warning Light Meaning Explained

Generally, when the dashboard warning light populates, panic erupts — why? Most people are unaware of what specific symbols mean. If they did, they would know that not every warning light signal is indicative of a malfunction or costly repair.

At times, your dashboard lights are merely letting you know what systems are in use. We decided to compile a list of the most important indications, so you can have a better understanding of Nissan warning lights and their meanings.

Check Engine

Check Engine

This light appears when the Nissan's computer senses changes. Your local Nissan dealership will help you look at the Diagnostic Trouble Code. Pay attention to the flashing light and book a service appointment immediately.

Coolant Temperature

Coolant Temperature

This symbol will populate when your engine is running low on coolant, which can cause it to overheat. You can either deposit the coolant yourself or schedule a service appointment so we can repair the the leak.

Service Soon

Service Soon

This signal might be referencing a headlight or a different internal issue, so see your dealer ASAP.

Parking Brake and Brake Fluid

Parking Brake and Brake Fluid Warning Light

If the light appears for more than six seconds, this might be an indication that your vehicle is now low on brake fluid.

Anti-lock Brakes

Anti-lock Brakes

Wait six seconds, and if the sign lingers, something might be wrong with the Nissan's anti-lock brake system.

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

When the cruise control is enabled, the light will populate.



This is a protective feature that will light up when the ignition is locked. To unlock the security feature, you can simply unlock the system.

Traction Control

Traction Control/ESP

This alert will pop up when the vehicle encounters wet surfaces, to let you know that traction control is in use.

Overdrive Sport


When you want the Nissan to enhance performance by throwing it into performance mode, this signal will pop on.

Wiper Fluid

Wiper Fluid

This symbol will pop on when your vehicle needs wiper fluid. Give the fluid immediate attention, as your fluid offers extra visibility.

Exhaust Particulate Filter

Exhaust Particulate Filter (Diesel)

This light only pops up when you need to replace an exhaust filter. Please bring your vehicle in for service ASAP.

Exhaust Fluid

Exhaust Fluid (Diesel)

When the exhaust fluid levels are low, this alert will populate so you can refill it. Ask one of our certified Nissan service techs to assist you or refer to your owner's manual.

Glow Plug

Glow Plug (Diesel)

If the flow plugs are illuminating and feel hot to the touch, do not start your vehicle until the signal is off.

Airbag Warning

Airbag Warning

If this symbol pops on, it means the airbag system is malfunctioning.

Door ajar

Door Ajar

When this signal illuminates, it means that one more of the vehicle's doors are open.

Light out

Headlight/Taillight Out

If your headlight or taillight is malfunctioning, you will see this indication.

Esp fault

ESP Fault

When there's an issue with the vehicle's traction control or electronic stability system, this symbol will populate.

Gas Cap

Gas Cap

Properly secure your gas cap as soon as you see this symbol.

Reduced Power

Reduced Power Warning

The engine adjusts output levels to conserve energy, so when the Reduced Power Warning signal appears, you need a service technician to check your vehicle's CPU.

Tire Pressure

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

This symbol is an indication that one or more of your tires is low on air. Please service your vehicle's tires accordingly.

Oil Pressure

Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light

When your engine's oil pressure is low, you'll see this light. If this happens, pull over and turn the vehicle off. Check the vehicle's oil levels and add oil as needed. Get a tow if you do not have oil on hand.


Transmission Overheating

When the transmission is overheating, you will see this symbol populate. Check out the transmission fluids and engine coolant levels and our team will assist you.



The battery energizes the car. If it needs to be replaced or if the vehicle's voltage is not at a certain level, you might need a jump-start or perhaps battery diagnostics.

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